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RTI Bill passage: Coalition to roll out new strategy

chronicle November 20, 2018

The Media Coalition on Right to Information (RTI) has given notice it will soon announce new measures to ensure the passage of the long-awaited Bill, RTI, which has witnessed much setbacks.

A poster from the Coalition hints of a mega action to hit Accra in the coming days, and also informs the public to watch out.

The Bill which has been in Parliament for over a decade now, has also witness countless promises from governments on its passage into law.

Recently, the momentum rose up when the current Parliament started considering the bill, in accordance with parliamentary proceedings.

However, persistent concerns over quorum, mostly raised by Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahiru Hammond, have halted the progress.

The Media Coalition, who was promised by Parliament that the bill would be passed before the 2019 budget presentation last week, felt disappointed as the Legislature was unable to the set time.

Background

The object of the RTI Bill is to provide for the operationalisation of the constitutional right to information held by public and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of public interest in a democratic society.

It also seeks to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs and to provide for related matters. The RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999, reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007 but was only presented to Parliament in 2010.

It was brought back to the Sixth Parliament but could not be passed till the expiration of that Parliament on January 6, 2016. After months of waiting, the Bill was laid in Parliament early this year (2018) by the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka.

By Maxwell Ofori/thechronicle.com.gh

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